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Hey- You Watch It!!


If you’ve been reading along, you will know how much I love my chickens.  There is *nothing* better than knowing where your food is coming from, and knowing their living conditions.  This post is not about that.  🙂

It is, however, about food. Part of our living philosophy is to eat foods that are in as close to their natural state as possible.  Every one of my kids know how to  cook, including our 7-year-old. Cooking in our house means using raw ingredients.  My kids will tell you, that while a stray, packaged waffle over at Nana and Papa’s is ok, it gets old in a hurry, and they will actually turn them down if required to eat them for long periods of time.  They particularly can’t stand “fake” pancakes, as they call them.

This post isn’t about that, either.  What I’m ranting about today is processed foods, and the “stuff” the government allows to be put in them, all the while punishing people using whole (and {gasp!} sometimes raw) ingredients.

If you’ve read my Ode to Chickies, you’ve come to understand the appalling “regulations” by which chicken eggs are considered to be “organic,” “free range,” “certified humane,” etc.  In my opinion, folks are generally WAY too trusting of the government to keep them “safe.”

Here’s another example.  Check your food packages- do you have anything that has “fiber added”? Have you ever stopped to think about WHAT that added fiber actually is?

See anything that says cellulose in the ingredients?  How about cellulose gum, powdered cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, etc?

Cellulose.  Sounds pretty benign, doesn’t it?

Cellulose.  Wood pulp.

That’s right, people. Cellulose is virgin wood pulp that is processed.  And guess what?  I know this is a shocker, but we mere humans can’t actually digest wood pulp, because we lack the enzyme to do so.

So, the government says that wood pulp is ok to eat, but you can’t sell raw milk of any kind nor are you allowed (in Colorado) to sell a dead animal or charge money for harvesting it. Each state has its own regulations, some of which are bizarre.

We’re not even talking about selling, either.  In some states, it is illegal to use raw milk for your own personal use. (No, I am not going to get into the debate over whether to pasteurize or not- when you are talking commercial dairies that use antibiotics and questionable feed, that all needs to be taken into consideration- and that’s not what we’re talking about.)

“Did you know a family in the midwest who ran a dairy farm was recently raided?  Along with their personal computers (used for homeschooling), dairying equipment, and personal records, the officials also took the raw milk in the family’s house fridge.  They were told it was illegal, even though the family drank it themselves and did not sell anything out of that fridge!  Another family dairy was raided, and the cheese building was quardoned off.  The family was not allowed to access the cheese stored in the aging cellar, that they had made, for the purpose of feeding it to themselves!!”

Did you hear about the woman in Michigan who faced 93 days in jail (criminal charges) for growing a garden in her front yard? I could not make this stuff up!

Read the entire How Are You A Criminal? post, courtesy of my friends at the Red Gate Farm.  I am not joking- READ THIS!  And then share it with everyone you know. There are many more examples she has shared that demonstrate sheer lunacy.

Once you’ve done that, go here to the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund site  and read about some of the current things that are happening.

This is not something to ignore.  Our freedom to eat real food is being eroded, all the while non-foods are being packaged and marketed en masse to unsuspecting folks; folks who are relying on the government to “keep them safe” and healthy.

PEOPLE.  WAKE UP.  DO SOMETHING. EDUCATE YOURSELF.  EDUCATE OTHERS.

Another one to share is the article, titled “15 Food Companies That Serve You ‘Wood'” from Food Freedom.

That’s all.  Back to your regularly scheduled programming.  🙂

 

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